How to get rid of Bats? (Humanely)
Are you scared of bats? Well, you are not alone. Bats are a serious concern to tons of homeowners. Besides their scary nature, the mess created by bat’s droppings and pungent-smell in their roosting places makes the home unlivable. However, you aren’t allowed to kill them since they are federally protected.
But you can get rid of bats humanely through the following steps.
1. Inspect for signs of bat infestation or damage
Bats can live secretly in your home. Since they are nocturnal, it may take you time to notice their presence until their damage and mess reaches an unreasonable level. Therefore, you should carry out regular inspections for timely action. During your inspection, look for the following.
- Brownish stains or rub marks near the bat’s exit and entry points.
You can also notice brownish stains streaking down the sides of your structure if the infestation is under a barrel tile roof.
- Bat guano and pungent ammonia smell.Bats’ feces usually have a pungent odor that might interfere with the air quality in your house when the bat’s colony is enormous. The bats generally leave a pile of droppings in their roosting sites.
- Look for bats exiting at dusk and returning at dawn.Since bats are nocturnal, you can try to observe them leaving your roof or attic at sunset. At times, you can also hear scratching sounds caused by their sharp claws as they crawl and scramble to go through the exit points.
You can also observe a massive swarm of bats around the house to locate their entrance at dawn. When they find their entrance point, they quickly disappear into their roosting area.
After establishing that these ugly mammals roost in your house, either under the roof or in the attic, the next step is to start the removal process. Ready to get rid of the bats? Well, let’s get rolling.
2. Check your local laws and regulation for bat removal
In the US, bats are federally protected since they are among the endangered species of animals. Therefore, it’s illegal to trap or use poisons to kill them. Besides that, the law doesn’t permit interruption of their hibernation and mating periods, even if they could be dangerous to your health. To be on the safe side, check with your wildlife offices.
3. Inspect your attics
Get to your attic and look for the areas with highly concentrated piles of bat’s droppings. Once you find the piles, the bats will be right above the area.
4. Identify the bat species that have invaded your house.
Knowing the type of bats in your house will help you understand their behavior. For instance, some bat species are migratory and just migrate on their own. For such, you only need to wait and then seal their entrances after they leave.
5. Inspect the entry holes and spaces
Get onto a ladder and inspect the entrances. After that, seal all other entry and exit points and then install one-way exclusion devices on main entrances.
There are two types of one-way exclusion devices:
- i. Tube exclusion devices:
The tube should be 2 inches in diameter and 10 inches long. Place the tube less than ¼ inch into the hole to allow the bats to climb out. Also, place a collapsible plastic sleeve at the end of the plastic pipe to prevent the bats from ever getting back in. Alternatively, you can buy Batcone from Amazon for the same purpose.
- Netting excluding devices:
It allows bats to slide down to the outside and prevent them from coming back. This device works great on flat surfaces such as shingles, louver, and under window frames. It should be less than 1/6 inches and made up of Polypropylene.
6. Check your devices for 5-7 days.
When all the bats are gone, remove the excluding devices and seal the hole(s) permanently. This prevents a re-infestation.
7. Kick launch the cleaning task.
- Ensure you’re in full protective clothing.
- After that, spray the surface to be cleaned with virucide disinfectant. This destroys any bacteria, viruses, or mold spores that can cause infections.
- With that done, wait for about 10-15 minutes before picking the messes.
- Do not vacuum to prevent spreading odor and making the particles airborne, thereby increasing the chances of infections.
- After removing the mess, spray the infected area with DSV sanitizer
Voila! You’ve successfully saved yourself thousands of bucks through this DIY humane bat
removal. Enjoy a peaceful environment!
HOW TO KEEP BATS OUT OF MY House
Bats are of concern to many homeowners due to the damage and disturbance that they cause. If you’re wary of a bats presence in your home and want to remove them, we’ve made it effortless for you. Below are the steps.
1. Locate bat entry points
Before advancing to any step, locate the entry points that bats use to get into your house.
You can do that through the following:
- Use a ladder to look for openings into your attic and roof since bats love high and quiet areas.
- Observe the bats leaving your house at dusk to know precisely where to inspect
- Inspect the entrances: Bat entrances are always stained with brown oils, grease, guano, and urine.
2. Employ repellants
After locating the entrance points and the roosting area of bats, the next crucial move is to make the condition of their roosting area unfavorable. By doing so, the bats will move out in search of a new roosting place. That’s where repellants come in handy. Below are some of the repellants that you can use.
a. Gel and liquid repellants
These types of repellants contain a variety of non-toxic chemicals that drive the bats off by smell and taste. Usually, you have to re-apply them every 30 days to keep the bats away. Most importantly, always read the manufacturer’s instructions.
b. Ultrasonic repellants
These are devices that emit a high pitched sound that irritates bats while remaining unnoticed by humans. They’re usually fitted with motion detectors that make them turn on only when there is a bat present.
c. Home remedies
These consist of compounds that make the place unlivable or produce an irritating smell that keeps bats at bay. They include:
- Hang aluminum foil
- Use mirrors
- Use water spray when the bats are asleep. Doing this repeatedly makes them move away.
- Cinnamon: Spray it a couple of times around infested areas.
- Sealants: Use netting and other sealants to prevent the bats from accessing their roosting sites once they go looking for food.
3. Seal off & exclude
Since bats can’t penetrate your home on their own, they’ll always enter your house through the pre-existing gaps. Such entry points include:
- Behind shutters
- Torn or broken screens
- Open soffits
- Openings such as for pipes and wires
- Under shingle vents, eaves, and sidings
- Holes in the wall
After repelling the bats, prevent them from ever coming back by doing the following:
- Seal off the entrances used by bats leaving only one or two exits.
- On the remaining exits/entrances, install exclusion devices to allow all the bats to get out without getting back to the roosting area.
- With that done, carry out a second inspection to ensure that there are no bats remaining in the roosting site.
- Next, seal off all the possible entry holes, cracks, or gaps.
- Repair other structural faults that may provide entrances for bats into your house.
Note: The use of repellants and exclusion devices is the most effective and recommended
way to get rid of bats in your house. Never kill or trap the bats!
4. Clean the mess
- Before handling the bat’s mess, ensure you’re in full-body protective gear.
- After that, use DSV sanitizer to sterilize the piles of bat droppings and leave it to act for 10-15 minutes before scooping the mess.
- After scraping and scooping off the mess, apply a cleaning solution and scrub the affected surface.
- Dispose of any furniture, carpeting or rugs that cannot be cleaned.
5. Observe preventive measures
Such measure include:
- Regular inspection of your home
- Maintaining exclusion practices
- Creating alternative nests for the bats outside your home With the above steps, you should keep bats out of your house for good.